Christmas Day Basketball

The best games of Christmas day are the Los Angeles Clippers traveling to Golden State to face the Warriors and the Houston Rockets traveling to San Antonio to face the Spurs.

 

Houston Rockets @ San Antonio Spurs

rockets vs spursThe 8 PM (Eastern Standard Time) game is the 18-11 Houston Rockets facing the 22-6 San Antonio Spurs. The Rockets are coming off a 111-104 loss to the Dallas Mavericks and want to bounce back here. The Spurs are coming off a 112-99 win over the Toronto Raptors and want to keep their momentum going here.

The Rockets are lead by James Harden and Dwight Howard. Harden is averaging 23.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.5 steals so far this season. Howard is averaging 18.7 points, 13.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.9 blocks per game this season.

The Spurs are lead by Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. Parker is averaging 18.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 6.2 assists so far this season. Duncan is averaging 13.9 point, 9.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.8 blocks per game this season.

 

My Prediction

The Spurs jump out to an early 8 point lead by going on a 12-4 run. The Rockets respond with a 10-2 run to tie the game up at 14. The teams match each others score for the rest of the 1st quarter and the score is 32-32.  The 2nd quarter is when the Spurs take a big lead. They go on a 18-5 run to take a 13 point lead. The Bulls cut the lead to 7 right before the half ends on a 3 point shot from James Harden. The 3rd quarter starts with a 8-2 run by the Rockets to cut the Spurs lead to 1. The Spurs extend their lead to 8 going into the 4th quarter.  The 4th quarter starts with the Rockets cutting the lead down to 3 by going on a 9-4 run. The Spurs answer back again by going on a 10-2 run to get the lead into double digits. The Spurs don’t let the Rockets cut the lead below 5 and hold on for the win.

Final Score

Spurs: 98
Rockets: 93

 

Los Angeles Clippers @ Golden State Warriors

clippers-vs-warriorsThe 10:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time) game is the Los Angles Clippers facing the 16-13 Golden State Warriors. The Clippers are coming off a 120-116 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves and want to keep their momentum going here. The Warriors are coming off a 89-81 win over the Denver Nuggets and want to keep their momentum going also.

The Clippers are lead by Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Paul is averaging 19.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 11.3 assists and 2.4 steals so far this season. Griffin is averaging 20.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game this season.

The Warriors are lead by Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut. Curry is averaging 23.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 2 steals so far this season. Bogut is averaging 7.7 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.8 blocks per game this season.

 

My Prediction

The 1st quarter is neck and neck as neither team gives an edge. The score at the end of the 1st quarter is 31-29 with the Clippers on top. The 2nd quarter starts with a 9-2 run by the Warriors to take a 5 point lead. The Clippers come back with a 12-4 run to take a 3 point lead. Both teams match the other in scoring for the rest of the quarter and the score is 57-54 Clippers on top.  In the 3rd quarter the Warriors get the lead back by going on a 14-4 run. The Clippers answer back by going on a 8-3 run to cut the Warriors lead to 2. The 3rd quarter ends with the score 78-76 Warriors on top. In the 4th quarter the Clipper get their lead up to 8 by going on a 14-4 run. The Warriors cut the lead to as low as 4 but the Clippers don’t let it get any lower then that as they hold on to win.

Final Score

Clippers: 106
Warriors: 102

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